There is no doubt that we’ve all been adapting to new routines these last couple of months. Some changes to our “normal” day-to-day have provided a welcomed reprise from the demands of our busy lives - Hello, family time and sweatpants! On the other hand, some other changes are harder to accept, like the inability to enjoy a meal out with friends or, worse, forgoing regular spa and aesthetic treatments that we count on to help us look and feel our best.
Whether your aesthetic clinic is currently closed or you’ve got your hands too full juggling work and kids from home to carve out time for an appointment, there are ways to treat skin concerns from the comfort and safety of your own home. In this two part blog series, below we break down how to maintain your skin’s youthful, healthy appearance at home with pharmaceutical grade skincare based on your needs.
Problem: “I miss my Botox!”
Solution: Vitamin C + Retinol
There’s a reason neurotoxins reign supreme as the most popular aesthetic treatment for diminishing signs of aging. Neurotoxins, like Botox or Dysport, smooth frown lines and soften wrinkles and crow’s feet. If you’re going without your injections right now, integrating just two potent active ingredients into your routine at home can help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, even out texture, and give the skin a plump, glowing appearance.
The first of these ingredients is Vitamin C. In its most potent form, L-Ascorbic Acid USP, Vitamin C delivers a wide array of benefits to the skin. Vitamin C serums, like Vivier C E PEPTIDES, brighten the skin, promote collagen production, help to correct uneven skin tone and pigment, and protect against free-radical damage (which, by the way, is happening to our skin 24/7). It’s important to look for a pharmaceutical-grade Vitamin C formulated with L-Ascorbic Acid USP. Sensitive skin? Try Vivier Serum 10 . Combination skin? Vivier Kine-C is designed for you. Dry skin? Vivier C E PEPTIDES will work double duty as Vitamin E works to nourish and moisturize.
Vivier Serum 10
An oil-free Vitamin C serum specifically formulated to reduce signs of environmental damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture and tone. Ideal for sensitive skin.
Vivier C E PEPTIDES
An anti-aging Vitamin C serum specifically formulated to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as to reduce further signs of aging. Ideal for normal to dry skin.
The second ingredient to use at home for a smooth, youthful appearance is Retinol. As we age, the life cycle of our cells slows down, which leaves the top layer of cells dull and uneven. Retinol promotes faster cellular turn over, leaving us with smoother, brighter, softer skin. Formulated with a slow-release technology, 1% pure retinol, and shea butter, Vivier Retinol 1% Night Complex delivers effective results without irritation. Sensitive skin? Try Vivier 0.3% Retinol SR Complex.
Vivier Retinol 1% Night Complex
A 1% retinol anti-aging booster uniquely formulated to smooth fine lines, refine pores, and prevent wrinkles. Ideal for all skin types.
Problem: “I depend on filler to add volume to my face”
As we age, we lose collagen and elastin in our skin which can lead to thinning skin and a loss in facial volume. Injecting filler under the eyes, at the outside of the temples, around the mouth, and into lips helps to plump the face and address lost volume. In lieu of injections, or between treatments, there are two ingredients to incorporate into your routine that work to stimulate your skin’s natural ability to plump itself from the outside in and the inside out.
Polyamine-DAB® (also known as 1,4 Diaminobutane), is one of the only ingredients available on the market today that specifically targets thinning skin. This unique ingredient stimulates our skin’s own growth factors adding volume back to crepey, “tissue paper” skin. Polyamine-DAB® is the super-star ingredient found in the Vivier GrenzCine® line of products. The types of skin around the eyes, on the face, the neck and the body are all vastly different, so Vivier has a GrenzCine® product designed specifically for thinning skin in each of those areas.
Vivier GrenzCine Serum
A concentrated serum formulated for thin skin that helps increase firmness and hydration of the skin while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, increasing luminosity and improving skin tone, texture and elasticity. Ideal for all skin types.
Vivier GrenzCine Eye
A specialty eye cream that helps to increase firmness of the skin around the eyes and eyelids while diminishing fine lines and increasing moisturization and luminosity. Ideal for all skin types.
Vivier GrenzCine Neck
A cream formulated to help increase the firmness of skin around the neck, while providing the benefits of diminished fine lines and wrinkles, increased luminosity and improved skin tone, texture and elasticity. Ideal for all skin types.
Vivier GrenzCine Body
A cream formulated to help increase the firmness of skin on the body, while providing increased luminosity and improved skin tone, texture and elasticity. Ideal for all skin types.
Next in the plumping toolkit is Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient that is having a major moment in the skin care space right now. This ingredient binds to water molecules and delivers hydration and “bounce” to the skin. Sounds great, right? Kind of. Not all Hyaluronic Acids are created equally so it’s only great if the product you’re using features an effective form of pharmaceutical-grade hyaluronic acid. Vivier launched its ground-breaking, smoothing, plumping, and hydrating product Ultimage™ in 2019. Ultimage™ uses the optimal mix of hyaluronic acid molecular sizes to ensure maximum benefit to your skin. Ultimage™ doesn’t stop at hydrating and plumping – it also delivers neuropeptides to the skin for a smoothing effect. The neuropeptides used in this formula are proven to decrease the depth of existing wrinkles up to 30% in just 30 days.
Ultimage works synergistically to soften expression lines and wrinkles, and boost hydration for a smoother, ageless complexion. Ideal for all skin types.
In addition to Polyamine-DAB™ and Hyaluronic Acid, make sure to drink plenty of water and consider upping your intake of healthy fats (avocado, olives, fatty fish) and collagen-rich foods like bone broth for plump, bouncy skin without the filler.
Stay tuned for the next part to this blog series where we will further breakdown “I have uneven skin tone and my laser clinic is closed” and “Too many quarantine treats and too much stress – I’m breaking out!”
Until next time!
Stay safe, stay healthy.
By Claire AshleyA Vivier Skin Care Expert.